We live in an era of smart technology. Not only do most people in the United States carry around a mini computer with multiple camera lenses in their pockets, but they also wear prescription glasses that become shaded when they go outside, and utilize a device in their homes that plays music and even orders groceries through voice commands. These convenient and automated systems are found in all aspects of modern-day life. What is most important to understand as a person in the facility management or maintenance, is that these modern expectations do not end when it comes to commercial restroom facilities. In fact, this is where they are most expected.
The modern patron of today expects commercial restrooms to carry out more efficient and technologically advanced processes. Commercial restroom patrons take note of when a facility is ahead or most likely behind the curve of automated fixtures throughout their restroom facilities.
According to the Healthy Hand Washing Survey conducted by Bradley Corporation this year, 45% of Americans will operate a flush valve with their foot instead of their hand, so they don’t have to touch it. This tells us that unless sensor-operated fixtures are present, manual fixtures will be misused nearly half of the time, resulting in more broken fixtures, more maintenance and more repair parts needed to fix said misused fixtures. This is just one of the reasons why we recommend installing smart fixtures throughout your facility.
In this article, we will share some of our most popular and newly added smart fixtures in a few different categories: hands-free flushometers, sensor-activated faucets, sensor soap dispensers, and automated hand driers. Read one to see and learn more about our most popular fixtures in each category.
Complete Hands-Free Sensor Flushometers
When it comes to sensor activated flushometers, there are two ways to make the change: installing new complete flushometer units or retrofitting existing manual flushometers into sensor flushometers. Either one of these options enables touch-free sensor operation, so patrons will no longer touch or kick the handle to flush the toilet. Other benefits of sensor flushometers include a dual-flush design that flushes less water for liquid waste and more water for solid waste. This helps buildings become more water efficient and meet water-saving requirements for LEED certifications.
For new installations, complete flushometer kits like the units shown above will be purchased and installed. This is also a popular choice for restrooms that are updating to the new sensor flushometers when the fixtures are also being replaced at the same time, or when the old flushometers are completely outdated or overly worn, and need to be replaced entirely. Otherwise, facilities updating from manual to sensor flushometers will likely choose retrofit options like the retrofit flushometer parts shown below, which are the less expensive option.
Retrofit Sensor Flushometer Kits
There are a variety of retrofit options available to convert your current manual operation flushometer into a sensor activated flushometer. Some options are easier than others. Side mount retrofit kits are the easiest options as they require the least amount of exchanged parts – mainly just replacing the handle with a side-mounted operator and a couple other replacement parts. Some of our most popular side-mount retrofit kits include the following Equiparts part numbers: #85605, #85606, and #08532. Other retrofit options include replacing the head of the flushometer with a new G2 retrofit kit (like the #08700) so you can use some of the units preexisting vacuum breaker and replace select parts.
*Whether you are replacing your complete flushometer or taking the retrofit route, remember that one of the benefits of working with us at Equiparts is that as a distributor of all of the top flushometer manufacturers, we will help you choose the right solution for your needs out of all the options available. Call us for help choosing the right sensor flushometers or retrofit parts for your restrooms.
Sensor Activated Automatic Faucets
Sensor activated faucets automatically distribute water when hands are sensed in the faucet area. This enables users to wash their hands without touching a faucet. It also makes it nearly impossible to leave a faucet running due to its sensor activated operation. There are a variety of easy to install sensor operated faucets available today. The faucets shown in the montage above are just some of the Sloan automatic faucet options. We carry all Sloan faucets, as well as automatic faucets from other manufacturers as well. Note that all units shown here are battery operated automatic faucets.
Learn the differences between the models shown above or learn about even more automatic faucet options by calling in and speaking to one of our product specialists.
Sensor Operated Soap Dispensers
Sloan recently came out with a new line of matching sensor-operated soap dispensers that match their existing automatic faucets. Sink mounted soap dispensers are a great option because they keep the soap within the sink, instead of on the counter or wall, where soap tends to build up and require more maintenance. We also like how Sloan designed these soap dispensers to match their faucets.
Give us a call to learn more about new sensor operated soap dispensers by Sloan.
Automatic Hand Dryers
Especially after washing one’s hands, public restroom users try their hardest not to touch anything in the restroom. Automatic hand dryers help patrons easily dry their hands without touching anything, and also without paper towels, something that creates unnecessary paper waste and also requires more maintenance. At Equiparts, we sell over 100 different types of hand dryers by a variety of manufacturers including ASI, AJW, Bobrick, Excel, Sloan, Xlerator, World Dryer, and more.
Call us to learn more about our automatic air dryer solutions and find the right air dryer for your facility’s restrooms.
Creating a Hands-Free, Sensor Operated Experience
In today’s world, there are sensor operated options for all of the major fixtures in a restroom. It is not uncommon to use a public restroom with sensor operated flushometers, automatic faucets, sensor soap dispensers, and a sensor operated hand dryer. Now is the time to switch from manual operation to touch-free, sensor operated fixtures. They will help you save water, energy, and time with less maintenance, and smarter technology.
Speaking of maintenance, we also carry a large variety of cleaning supplies designed to keep restrooms clean, because nobody likes to use a dirty restroom that might be harboring germs and bacteria. Here are 3 of our most popular restroom and drain cleaners and disinfectant foggers:
Crystal Drain Cleaner
Our non-acid drain opener clears drains in minutes. It totally destroys hair and grease, clearing drain pipes of organic debris that slow drainage. Unlike other drain cleaners, this drain cleaner will not damage sinks, tubs, brass, copper, steel, cast iron, plastic, or sewer cables. It can be used in drains, grease traps, and septic tanks.
Equiparts part #60802200 – Crystal Drain Opener
Equiparts part #60802200CS – Crystal Drain Opener (Case of 24)
The SaniGuard® Total Release Fogger sanitizes an entire room in minutes. It’s an easy to use fogger spray that gets rid of disease-causing microbes almost instantly, killing 99.99% of the top 39 germs, bacteria, viruses & fungus in mere seconds. The fogger comes in a 3 ounce and 8-ounce size. The 3 ounce is for areas up to 125 square feet, and the 8-ounce is designed to treat areas up to 625 square feet. Both sizes are available in 12 pack cases. Using this fogger on your restrooms at least once a month ensures that your restrooms aren’t harboring germs year round.
Equiparts part #60350001 – 3 oz. SaniGuard Fogger
Equiparts part #60350001CS – 3 oz. SaniGuard Fogger (Case of 12)
Equiparts part #60350002 – 8 oz. SaniGuard Fogger
Equiparts part #60350002CS – 8 oz. SaniGuard Fogger (Case of 12)
Urinal Scale Remover
Our Urinal Scale Remover removes uric acid as well as limescale, calcium, and rust build-up. This spray is great to use on urinal fixtures. It does not harm pipes or release fumes when using.
Equiparts part #60800115 – Urinal Scale Remover
Equiparts part #60800115CS– Urinal Scale Remover (Case of 12)
Get help converting your restroom into a hands-free experience and keeping your restrooms clean and germ-free by giving the Equiparts product experts a call. We help facility managers nationwide who manage hospitals, schools, government buildings, college campuses, prisons, and commercial buildings. We are here to help. Make the change to smart fixtures throughout your commercial restroom facilities with our help today!
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